In the Company of Spiritual Masters

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s next discourse takes place at the Lisle Wyndham Hotel on Sunday April 10 at 10 am. In India, these programs are described using the word “satsang.”  It’s a beautiful term that is composed of two smaller words: “sat” meaning “truth” and “sang” meaning “the company of.”

Why is it said that at satsang we enter the company of truth? Partly because the only subjects taken up in that assembly are the universal truths of one God, the soul’s identity with God, and the path to their reunion.  As Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj says,  “Listen to the satsang of any perfect Master, and you will find one message: soul—know yourself and know God.”

But in the satsang of a spiritual Master, something more than knowledge and understanding are conveyed. We in the West don’t have a strong tradition of mysticism, but that’s exactly the domain we enter when we step into the company of a spiritual Master.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj conducts a satsang while on tour recently in India.

Evelyn Underhill, the well-known Catholic expert on mysticism, wrote:

Mysticism, in its pure form, is the science of ultimates, the science of union with the Absolute, and nothing else, and the mystic is the person who attains to this union, not the person who talks about it. Not to know about, but to Be, is the mark of the real initiate.

Isn’t this why we all come to spiritual Masters? Not just to know—but to be, or to become. That becoming emerges partly through the wise teachings we hear with our ears during a satsang. But there is more. Paramahansa Yogananda described the experience as a sort of spiritual charging: “A disciple is spiritually magnetized by reverent contact with a Master; a subtle current is generated.” A student of the great Bengali saint, Sri Ramakrishna, described it as “a tangible atmosphere of peace, a passport of delight.”

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s Sunday discourse is entitled, Humility: The Secret to Divine Love. It’s a fitting theme as we consider how we can best tune ourselves to that “subtle current” and experience the “passport of delight” offered by the company of a spiritual Master. Humility is indeed the secret to success. Entering the precincts of satsang, we leave behind what we know and open ourselves to the prospect of receiving something higher. It’s not that we abandon our intelligence. But getting the most from the company of a spiritual Master is much like the meditation process itself; it requires mental stillness, openness, and receptivity.

In a famous Zen story, a learned man came to a Master and said in a self-important tone, “I have come today to ask you to teach me, to open my mind to enlightenment.” The Master smiled and suggested they discuss the matter over tea. When the Master poured the tea, he did so until it overflowed the rim onto the table, yet he kept pouring.  “Enough!” the visitor shouted. “Can’t you see the cup is full?” The Master stopped pouring and said, “You are like this tea cup, so full that nothing more can be added. Come back to me when the cup is empty. Come back to me with an empty mind.”

The key to benefitting from the opportunity before us on this and the next few Sundays, is to clear our minds and open ourselves to receive. Again, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj:

The main benefit from being in the physical presence of the Master comes when we are receptive. If we come here and are not receptive, we are not going to gain as much as we could. We should come as an empty cup. If our cup is already full, there is no room to receive the nectar of spirituality. But if we have an empty cup, then the divine nectar can flow into every pore of our being.

We look forward to seeing you at Sunday satsang.

Sunday Program with Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
“Humility: The Secret to Divine Love”
April 10, 10:00 am
Lisle Wyndham Hotel
3000 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL
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Register for the talk, learn more, or watch an introductory video on Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

One Response to “In the Company of Spiritual Masters”

  1. SOS Chicagoland Says:

    Hi Marlin,

    Thanks for your blog comment. We probably won’t release it because the broadccasts are for our internal centers. We’d rather not prompt questions by the public, or make them think they missed something.

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